Risk Regulation, EU Law and Emerging Technologies: Smother or Smooth?
van Calster, Geert
Vol. 2, Num. 1
The author uses the creation of regulatory legislation in the European Union as a way to analyze risk analysis protocols. The experience with genetically modified organisms seems to have ruined the publics trust in their government and the science it tends to support, and so the boycotts that came from that episode have served to stifle rather than support the development of new technology, in this case nanotechnology. Only if the public becomes actively involved in the process of nanotechnology research and convinced of the benefits of the field outweighing its inherent risks will the risk-averse European society be able to come to terms with this emerging technology. Though they currently seem more interested in gathering information than necessarily stopping research altogether, this seems like the next logical step, should any sort of GMO catastrophe befall nanotechnology.